Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM
I am an emotional mess. Not a physical response. My head is messed up. I've been following information related to a vegan diet since 1972. For 12 years I was a vegetarian, for one of those a vegan. I struggled socially, being asked more questions than I was equipped to answer. Then I got pregnant and gave into the social pressure to drink milk. Since then I gradually slipped to the point of being what Dr. Furhman calls a "philosophical nutriarian" What happens to me is that I can't deal with the social issues around the diet... trying to explain what I eat, keeping my mouth shut while all those I love poison themselves, ridicule, uncertainty. I do make meals for others, shop for others, share meals with others. I've phased out almost all animal products from my diet over the last 6 months, certainly less than 5%. I have no desire to eat animal products. I haven't yet lost belly fat so although I feel great physically, I get a lot of skepticism. I gave a very nearly (vegan main course with some cheese in the appetizer) vegan baby shower for my daughter and a vegan birthday party for my brother. I'm experimenting with all kinds of recipes... soups, desserts, bean dishes, salads, snacks... My food is good but I still get the where's-the-beef question. How do I cope emotionally?